Relief of Nekhebu with biographical inscription

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.


Findspot: Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Other: 39.5 x 67 x 21.5 cm (15 9/16 x 26 3/8 x 8 7/16 in.) Height x width: 251 x 89 cm (98 13/16 x 35 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.4331.6

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief

This fragment, executed in fine, sunk relief, consists of finely-detailed hieroglyphs arranged in six complete and one partial, vertical columns separated by incised lines. On the left side of the fragment, there is an undecorated border and traces of reddish-pink pigment.
Overall 13.4331.1 to .27 refers to two scenes which form a corner. On one face is the biography scene and on the other is the spear fishing scene of Nekhebu. Both scenes share blocks in common and have the same accession number. The biography scene consists of one horizontal and eight vertical columns of inscription above a seated figure of Nekhebu in sunk relief facing left. He holds a long staff in his right hand and a handkerchief in his left. The spear fishing scene consists of Nekhebu spearing fish with his family on a papyrus boat in a papyrus thicket.

Provenance

From Giza. Found on shelves marked "G2381/G 2382 Nekhebu." From tomb of Nekhebu G 2382 [(originally thought to be a tomb, but now known to be a jumbled deposit of limestone blocks from other nearby tombs)], court, originally from G 2381. Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: May 25, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition